Harvard vs. Boston College
Harvard is second in the Ivy League at 3-1-0 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's soccer hosts Boston College in its final non-conference matchup of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Jordan Field. The 7 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
Carrying a five-game win streak into a Saturday afternoon contest with Princeton, Harvard men's soccer could not overcome a two-goal deficit and fell, 3-2.
Jake Freeman and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu scored for Harvard, their fifth and first goals of the season, respectively. Harvard outshot the Tigers 19-7 in the contest, but was topped in attempts on target, 6-4. Freeman fired a game-high seven shots, beating his season-best of four set earlier in the season.
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The Crimson sports a 6-5-2 record on the season, including a 3-1-0 mark in Ivy League play. Senior Jake Freeman leads the team with five goals and 12 points, while sophomores Sam Brown and Christian Sady and senior Tim Schmoll have pitched in five points apiece. Brown, Sady and senior Michael Klain have each dished a team-best three assists and Evan Mendez has played every second in goal, boasting a 1.26 goals-against average with 47 saves and four shutouts.
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First Time Since 2008
After starting the 2015 Ivy slate 3-0-0, Harvard has recorded its best start since 2008. The Crimson has scored a league-best eight goals in Ancient Eight, while allowing four. The 2008 Crimson squad ended conference play at 5-2, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Player of the Week
Senior defender Andrew Chang was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 shutout of Brown Oct. 17. His first goal of the year, Chang took a cross from Michael Innocenzi, and fired a volley into the bottom left corner. The honor is the first of Chang's career.
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Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Follow @harvardmsoccer on Twitter for in-game updates.
In Harvard's top-five plays countdown on Oct. 21, Andrew Chang's game-winning goal earned the No. 2 slot:
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles hold a 8-5-1 record on the season, including a 3-4-0 mark in ACC play. Zeiko Lewis leads the Boston College attack with five goals and five assists for 15 points, while Simon Enstrom has also tallied five scores. Cedric Saladin has started 11 games in goal, and holds a 1.59 goals-against average with 38 saves.
By the Numbers
- 5: Harvard won five straight contests from Oct. 3-Oct. 20, recording three shutouts in the stretch.
- 29: Jake Freeman's three game-winning goals ranks 29th in the country and second in the Ivy League.
- 100: 100 percent of Harvard's shots were on target at Pittsburgh, which helped the squad tie its best scoring output of the year with three goals.
Home Field Advantage
Jordan Field has been a difficult place for visiting teams to take the field, with Harvard holding an 11-3-1 record at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.
The Oct. 6 contest with Yale marked Harvard's fifth-straight away from Jordan Field, where the Crimson finished 2-2-1 on its road trip, including a 0-0 tie with No. 9 Washington. Harvard is 4-2-1 away from home in 2015, and will travel only once more this season.
The only freshman to see the field in 2015, Cesar Farias tallied his first career point against Stony Brook when he assisted Jake Freeman's game-winning goal. Farias has tallied three shots in 2015, with two on target.
Harvard hosts Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Jordan Field. The 4:30 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Preseason Best XI
In TopDrawerSoccer's Preseason Best XI list, defender Mark Ashby was named to the third team. The reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year was the only Ancient Eight student-athlete recognized on the list.
Six newcomers joined the Crimson for the 2015 season, five of which are freshmen. Added to the roster are Eduardo Cedeno, Cesar Farias, Bryce Ferguson, Matt Hatter, Jack Miler and Nathan Goldberg.
A Year Ago
Harvard finished the 2014 season unbeaten in 13 of its last 14 outings, ending the season second in the Ivy League standings. Mark Ashby was named the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year, Sam Brown earned Rookie of the Year honors, and four Crimson student-athletes earned first team All-Ivy selections.
On the Sidelines
Pieter Lehrer enters his third season as the Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer in 2015, tallying a 24-17-6 (.638) record over two-plus years. Each of Lehrer's first two teams finished in the Ivy League top-three, with nine players earning All-Ivy nods.